Towards Disability Justice in the ACT
This report is a major step along the road towards a strategy for equality and inclusion in the justice system in the ACT.
It summarises the outcomes of research as well as public and sector consultation on disability justice issues in the ACT in response to the ACT Government’s commitment to deliver a Disability Justice Strategy.
The development of a Disability Justice Strategy for the ACT is premised on the social model of disability which sees ‘disability’ as the result of the interaction between people living with impairments and an environment filled with physical, attitudinal, communication and social barriers.
People with disability include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
It therefore carries the implication that the physical, attitudinal, communication and social environment must change to enable people living with impairments to participate in society on an equal basis with others.
This report has been developed by staff in the Office for Disability and in the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, working together in partnership as the Disability Justice Strategy Project Team. Generous time and advice have been provided by a broad range of stakeholders across community and government.
This report provides the evidence base for the development of the Disability Justice Strategy and for the specific actions that will make up the Strategy. It means that the final Strategy will be built upon a credible platform informed by data, experience, stakeholder input, and proven strategies and actions both locally and from interstate.
Most importantly, this report ensures that the voices of those currently disadvantaged by or excluded from the ACT justice system are heard and inform the development of the Disability Justice Strategy.
Disability Justice Consultations – Have Your Say
All information about the Disability Justice Strategy consultation and development, including the Easy English Discussion Guide, the Justice and Services Discussion Guide, surveys, video, and community consultation rsvp information is here https://yoursay.act.gov.au/disability-justice-strategy
The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability are treated equally before the law and have equal access to justice and their rights upheld. We are seeking to understand what works well in Canberra and other places; what should work better and how we can make changes to our existing justice systems to ensure fair and equal access.
You can provide your feedback by contacting us on 6207 1086 or ACTDisabilityJustice@act.gov.au or write to:
Disability Justice Strategy
Office for Disability
ACT Community Services Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601